China has shown a flying wing stealth drone called the Star Shadow which appears to copy the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator.

The Star Shadow UAV will a radar cross-section characteristics of 0.1 square meters.

According to Star UAV, Star Shadow will have a maximum speed of 698 km/h and an endurance of 10-12 hours. It will be powered by two indigenously-made TWS800 turbofan engines, “independently designed and produced by a sister company of Star UAV,” the company added. They provide a max thrust of 1,680 lb each.

Star Shadow Specifications
Length: 7.3 meters
Wingspan: 15 meters
Maximum take-off: 4,000 kilograms
Payload capacity: 400 kilograms
Engines: TWS800 small turbofan engines (x2)

Specifications (X-47B)


General characteristics
Crew: None aboard (semi-autonomous operation)
Length: 38.2 ft (11.63 m)
Wingspan: 62.1 ft extended/30.9 ft folded (18.92 m/9.41 m)
Height: 10.4 ft (3.10 m)
Wing area: 953.6 ft2 (88.59 m2)
Empty weight: 14,000 lb (6,350 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 44,567 lb (20,215 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney F100-220U turbofan

Performance
Maximum speed: Subsonic
Cruise speed: Mach 0.9+ (high subsonic)
Range: 2,100+ NM (3,889+ km)
Service ceiling: 42,000 ft (12,800 m)

Armament
2 weapon bays, providing for up to 4,500 lb (2,000 kg) of ordnance

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